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Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest receives Secure Rural Schools funding; seeks Resource Advisory Committee members
The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has received $207,983 of Title II funds thru the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

One person injured in Pelican rollover
One person was injured Monday afternoon in a one-vehicle rollover in the town of Pelican.
Monday, April 14, 2014

In state, in nation, population shifts from rural to urban areas
When the Census Bureau recently released updated population estimates, the numbers for the Northwoods struck a chord with state Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst). (Subscriber access)
Monday, April 14, 2014

Newbold approves bid specs for 2014 road projects, will discuss ice ordinance at next meeting
The Newbold Town Board on Thursday approved bid specs to be sent out for its 2014 road projects. (Subscriber access)
Monday, April 14, 2014

Zoning panel to discuss repealing pier rules, expansion of metallic mining
Officials will meet Wednesday, April 16 to discuss repealing local pier regulations and to allow more metallic mining in Oneida County. (Subscriber access)
Monday, April 14, 2014

County handled more recycling in 2013
The Oneida County Solid Waste Department saw a rise in the volume of recyclable materials it handled last year, reversing a two-year downward trend. (Subscriber access)
Monday, April 14, 2014

Study: No correlation between school spending, achievement
Since the late 1970s, outcomes for the once-proud American educational system have been sliding comparatively, and the central question has been why. (Subscriber access)
Friday, April 11, 2014

County board winners unchanged after recount
Recounts in three Oneida County Board races took place Friday, but the outcomes did not change.
Friday, April 11, 2014

Oneida County, town of Woodboro decline response in Bible camp case
The United States Supreme Court has been asked to take up a dispute over a proposed Bible camp in Oneida County, but the defendants in the case, the county and the town of Woodboro, have declined to respond to the request. (Subscriber access)
Friday, April 11, 2014

Signed, sealed, delivered
On April 8 Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 226 which adds the crime of child enticement to the forfeiture law in current state statues.
Friday, April 11, 2014

County board winners remain unchanged after recount
Recounts in three Oneida County Board races took place Friday, but the outcomes did not change.

Losing candidates in districts 7, 16 and 18 had petitioned for the recounts in light of narrow margins of victory in last week's spring election.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

News Analysis: FCC ends UW-connected plan to monitor newsrooms
It was all planned and hatched very quietly - all was understated, that is, until a member of the Federal Communications Commission blew the whistle on it: a massive government plan to monitor the newsrooms of America. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

State orders air tests in airport offices
The state of Wisconsin has ordered air-quality testing in the basement of the Rhinelander-Oneida County airport where the county's University of Wisconsin-Extension office is located. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New study is the latest linking environmental factors, autism
Since 2009, a steady stream of academic articles has pointed to a link between environmental toxins and autism spectrum disorder - at the very least as a trigger to underlying genetic dispositions or predispositions - and now a new study adds to the body of work pointing to environmental factors in the development of neurodevelopment disorders. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Police take man into custody after chase
A man attempting to elude local police was caught Tuesday morning after his vehicle became stuck in snow.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Close county board races go unchanged
Several Oneida County board races were close calls in last week's election - and they'll stay that way.

The county's board of canvass today is reviewing unofficial vote tallies from last Tuesday's spring election, including votes at polling places, absentee votes and provisional ballots.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DMV announces supervised driving program for young drivers
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has launched an innovative new program designed to prevent one of the major causes of death and injury for teen drivers - inexperience.
Monday, April 7, 2014

Political Digest
The political digest offers timely reporting of the latest news breaking at the state and local levels. Updated with special emphasis on the day's important political issues and events.
Monday, April 7, 2014

Czaja to speak at Grow North event on Wednesday
State Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma) will deliver the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation on Wednesday, April 9.
Monday, April 7, 2014

Man found dead after home destroyed by fire
The body of a Laona man was found Thursday after his home was destroyed by fire.
Saturday, April 5, 2014

Repeal county pier regulations, supervisor says
Should Oneida County regulate piers? Supervisor Billy Fried says the answer is "no."

In March, Fried wrote to the county's Planning and Development Committee suggesting that the county repeal its pier ordinances, which regulate the quantity, size and location of piers and berth structures. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Town annual meetings allow for discourse between boards, citizens
According to state statutes, the third Tuesday in the month of April is a very important date for towns and their citizens.

The state has mandated annual meetings be held on that date. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Oneida County supervisor sued for libel
Oneida County Supervisor Bob Mott has been sued for libel over an email he sent more than a year and a half ago.

County resident James Kroeger filed the lawsuit last month in Oneida County Circuit Court, claiming that as a result of the email, he "has suffered loss of his reputation, shame, mortification and injury to his feelings." (subscriber access)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Canadian National Railway expresses interest in Northwoods
The Canadian National Railway Company has expressed interest in taking steps to revitalize an element of the logging industry in the area. (Subscriber access)
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Late season storm headed for Northwoods
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Oneida County in effect from 7 p.m. Thursday until 7 p.m. Friday, April 4.
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Autism numbers jump yet again, to 1 in 68 kids
The Centers for Disease Control released last week its biennial numbers of autism prevalence among young Americans, and the numbers continue to spike, continue to startle.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Two supervisors ousted from Oneida County Board
Bob Martini and Candy Sorensen lost re-election to the Oneida County Board on Tuesday.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Election roundup: Fresh face coming to Rhinelander school board
The incumbents running for town supervisor prevailed in the towns of Three Lakes and Pine Lake after all the votes were counted in Tuesday's election.

In the town of Newbold, however, where no incumbents were running, two new supervisors were elected.

A fresh face - Duane Frey - was elected to the School District of Rhinelander Board of Education while two incumbents secured re-election to the board.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Moustakis sues to block release of records
Vilas County district attorney Al Moustakis has filed a complaint against the state Department of Justice seeking injunctive relief to block the DOJ's release of records about him being sought by The Lakeland Times. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Backers of Hwy. Y lawsuit can remain secret, judge rules
Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom said Tuesday that the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the county should not have to reveal how they became involved in the case or who is paying their legal fees. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring Election 2014
Tuesday was spring election day in Wisconsin. It was a relatively limited ballot in the Northwoods as the contested races included school, town and county boards.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Political Digest
Attorney general J.B. Van Hollen has announced that Wisconsin consumers will begin receiving account credits or checks in partial settlement of a 2012 e-book price-fixing lawsuit brought by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the offices of attorneys general in 32 other states.

Monday, March 31, 2014

AG asks Supreme Court to reinstate abortion provider law
Wisconsin attorney general J.B. Van Hollen has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate a 2013 state law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. (Subscriber access)
Monday, March 31, 2014

Health in Oneida, Vilas counties a mixed bag
How healthy are people in the Northwoods?The answer depends on what you look at - and where.

Newly released research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that when it comes to health outcomes - the length and quality of life - residents in Oneida and Vilas counties generally fare worse than many others in the state. (subscriber access)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Newbold to work with USDA on beaver management
The possibility of flooding exists throughout the Northwoods as the snow cover melts, however in the town of Newbold, flooding caused by beavers should not be a problem.(Subscriber access)
Monday, March 31, 2014

News Analysis - Equality: Does state discriminate against rural landowners?
Critics of the state's shoreland zoning laws and rules have long believed they violate the equal protection clauses of the state and federal constitutions, and, with yet another revised edition of the rules coming down the pike, they may soon have even more arguments about inequality to make. (Subscriber access)
Monday, March 31, 2014

County board candidates speak out on issues
Candidates were asked to respond to a series of questions.
Friday, March 28, 2014

Obama administration seeks to restrict whistleblower law
In a move that, if successful, could cripple federal whistleblower statutes, the Department of Homeland Security is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify what information can qualify for protection under the federal Whistleblower Protection Act. (Subscriber access)
Friday, March 28, 2014

Chief deputy search moves forward
Five people have applied for the now-vacant chief deputy position in the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, according to Lisa Charbarneau, the county's human resources director.
Friday, March 28, 2014

Reduced fine issued to county board supervisor over hunting citation
A member of the Oneida County Board of Supervisors has agreed to a reduced fine for a hunting infraction.

The state Department of Natural Resources issued a citation in January to Greg Oettinger, who represents District 8, for harvesting a deer by firearm with an improper license. (Subscriber access)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Snowy landscape
The winter that keeps on giving delivered another present to the Northwoods Thursday afternoon and evening, dumping over three inches of wet, heavy snow over the much of the area.
Friday, March 28, 2014

Hwy. Y lawsuit heats up
Two Oneida County residents who filed a lawsuit last year against the county over a construction project on County Highway Y argue they shouldn't have to reveal who is paying their legal fees or how they became involved in the suit. (Subscriber access)
Friday, March 28, 2014

Oneida County Board candidate questionnaire responses: Districts 1 through 10
Friday, March 28, 2014

Oneida County Board candidate questionnaire responses: Districts 11 through 19
Friday, March 28, 2014

Oneida County Board candidate questionnaire responses: Districts 20 and 21
Friday, March 28, 2014

Mercer School District responds to public records lawsuit
The Mercer School District is contesting allegations that it violated Wisconsin's public records law. (Subscriber access)
Thursday, March 27, 2014

State: 20 percent of Obamacare enrollees didn't pay premiums
They can't be called no-shows, but now the state is saying they are no-pays - as of March 14, 20 percent of the people who enrolled in Obamacare in the state had failed to pay their premiums for insurance coverage scheduled to start Jan. 1 and Feb. 1. (Subscriber access)
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Red Cross assisting Sugar Camp family after fire
The American Red Cross is assisting an Oneida County family of three after fire damaged their home in Sugar Camp.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Vehicle collides with train
Oneida County sheriff and emergency services personnel, in conjunction with Crescent first responders, responded to South Fox Ranch Road Wednesday after a vehicle collided with a train just off of U.S. Highway 8. The accident happened just after noon. No injuries were reported.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Newbold, Pine Lake and Three Lakes town board candidates ready for election
Candidates for town boards in Newbold, Pine Lake and Three Lakes are educating the public on their views and plans for their respective towns in advance of the April 1 election.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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